Community Connections

Images of the Oxford community. uptown oxford, a Miami student and an OMA artist, students giving a community presentation, families looking at a gallery at an OMA art show, and a nursing home resident showing off her PAL card Images of the Oxford community. uptown oxford, a Miami student and an OMA artist, students giving a community presentation, families looking at a gallery at an OMA art show, and a nursing home resident showing off her PAL card

We value connections to the community that produce impact. And we’re always looking for partnerships that will meet our mission and serve as a touchpoint to the community.


 

Community Connections and Partnerships

The Oxford Community

Various photos of the city of oxford that include red brick streets and people walking.

We seek to be engaged in our local community. One way we’ve done that is by partnering with several community organizations who are working to make the City of Oxford an even better place to age. Our students and staff helped the City of Oxford, Oxford Seniors, and the Oxford Village Group determine what city residents’ preferences are related to housing for older adults. In designing and administering a survey to local residents, we hope the information gleaned will be helpful in making Oxford a great place for older adults to live.

Opening Minds through Art

An older man sits with a younger student from Miami University. The younger man assists the older man in creating artwork. Text reads: grounded in person-centered ethics, trained volunteers work one-on-one

One of our farthest reaching connections to the community is our Opening Minds through Art (OMA) program. OMA is an intergenerational visual art program for people with dementia that pairs undergraduate and community volunteers with elders who have dementia. Each year, we partner with a growing number of care facilities in the surrounding communities and throughout North America to offer this one-on-one program. Hundreds of undergraduate and community volunteers are partnered with older adults with dementia to empower the older adults in creative and artistic expression. The relationships forged through this program have lasting positive impact on the volunteers and the older adults. It's truly a win-win situation.

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Opening Minds through Art - Making a Positive Difference

An elder with dementia and his volunteer partner from Opening Minds through Art

When Miami undergraduates are paired with older adults with dementia, something beautiful happens–friendships form and lives change.

An elder with dementia and her volunteer partner from Opening Minds through Art

The relationships formed between the artists and volunteers have a profound impact for both people. The volunteers often develop a greater appreciation for older people and the partnership often results in a bond of friendship that impacts them long after they graduate.

Art created by elder with dementia using paint and stamps

OMA provides elders with a failure-free creative environment where they get to make the choices and the outcomes are often stunning.

Sunset by Dave

Sunset created by artist Dave

Cedar Village Art Exhibit Fall 2013

The artwork on display at Cedar Village Retirement Community. The art-making sessions culminate in a gallery exhibition celebrating the artists’ accomplishments while educating the public about the creative capacities of people with dementia.